Emecheta Essays

  • The Marxist Formula in Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood

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    of Nigeria. The Marxist argument in The Joys of Motherhood demonstrates how the root of the characters' downfall is the socioeconomic shift from the tribal economic paradigm to the exploitative, capitalist system used by the British. However, Emecheta also criticizes her tribal culture's oppressive hierarchy, illustrating the Ibo treatment of slaves and of women. So although European colonialism... ... middle of paper ... ...Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory. New Jersey: Rowman and

  • Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood as an African Feminist Text

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    encountered an account of a female protagonist in colonial and postcolonial African life. In my hands rested a work that gave names and voices to the silent, forgotten mothers and co-wives of novels by male African writers such as Chinua Achebe. Emecheta, I felt, provided a much-needed glimpse into the world of the African woman, a world harsher than that of the African male because woman is doubly marginalized. As a female in Africa, the opposite of male, woman suffers sexual oppression; as an African

  • Parental Relationships in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood

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    Whether a relationship between parents and children is one of love, struggle, or expectation, the truth remains that no bond is ever perfect. Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart . Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1958. Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1979.

  • Kehinde Summary

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    Buchi Emecheta is the successful author of the novel Kehinde. She was born in Lagos in Nigeria, but later moved to London in the 1970s during the period of student immigration from ex-British countries in Africa to England. Her novels and plays focus on themes such as “child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education.(cite)” These works include The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977), Titch the Cat (1979), Nowhere to Play (1980), The Moonlight Bride (1980), The

  • Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood and Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman

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    traditions, mixed with new ideas from the colonialist's world, create a structure of ambivalence that traps the colonized and prevents him from ever becoming the same as the colonizer. Works Cited Bhaba, Homi. The Location of Culture. Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1994. Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King's Horseman. New York: Norton, 2003.

  • In the Ditch

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    somehow lead us to seek an answer for another question about the issue of post-colonialism, post-colonial diaspora, and effects of these issues in her novel. Although Emecheta is a comparatively new comer to the literary scene, she has achieved so much that she is now generally accepted as a major African novelist. Buchi Emecheta was born of Rbuta parentage in Lago, Nigeria. She is an Ibo and she did start her writing career until she arrived in London but before she was educated in writing and

  • The Role of Women in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    late Flora Nwapa of Nigeria have insisted that the image of the helpless, dependent, unproductive African woman was one ushered in by European imperialists whose women lived that way. On the other hand, the Nigerian-born, expatriate writer Buchi Emecheta, along with other critics, maintains that African women were traditionally subordinated to sexist cultural mores. I ally myself to the latter camp. I believe that, in creating a masculine-based society, Ac... ... middle of paper ... ...Function

  • The Bride Price

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    strictly enforced for all men and women of the society. The man’s family is supposed to pay the family of the bride a certain amount of money to marry the girl. This custom, along with many others, is demonstrated in the novel, The Bride Price, by Buchi Emecheta, when the main character, a young girl named Aku-nna, falls in love with a man named Chike, who comes from a family in which the people were once slaves. Throughout the novel, the customs of Nigerian society are explored while Aku-nna and Chike try

  • Comparing the Native Characters in Colonial Literature to the European Characters in Post-Colonial

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    post-colonial characters and, as such, continues to be an integral part of post-colonial literature. Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God. New York: Anchor Books, 1969. Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. London: Penguin Books, 1985. Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1994. Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1979. Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King's Horseman. New York: Norton, 2003.

  • Moll Flanders, Madame Bovary, & The Joys Of Motherhood

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    of sympathy to these woman. Not only did they lower their standards, but they also went to extreme lengths to achieve a happiness that in most cases never came. Works Cited Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. W.W. Norton & Company, New York: 1973. Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Hinemann, Oxford: 1979. Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. W. W. Norton & Company, New York: 1965 Forster, E.M. "A novel of Character" from Aspects of the Novel. Harcourt, Brace, New York:           1927. Thibaudet

  • Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

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    In the story Second Class Citizen, Buchi Emecheta displays what African women go through in modern Nigeria Society and provides explanations of why they ought to be treated equally. In the story, it provides to us a great example of how men have treated woman and how men should never mistreat woman in any sort of way. In the story Second Class Citizen, gender and sexuality was represented in the novel it shows how there should not be a gender that is more important than the other, and how everyone

  • Buchi Emecheta and African Traditional Society

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    either by their husbands or the male-oriented traditions. Reading Buchi Emecheta informs us of the ways fiction, especially women’s writing, plays a role in constructing a world in which women can live complete lives; a world that may provide women with opportunities for freedom, creativity, self-expression, friendship and love. Welesley Brown Lloyd believes that; “of all women writers in contemporary African literature Buchi Emecheta of Nigeria has been the most sustained and vigorous voice of direct

  • Gender and Sexuality in Second Class Citizen by Emecheta Buchi

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    In the book Second Class Citizen, Emecheta Buchi uses gender and sexuality to express the many ways in which society treated women and the obstacles that they had to overcome. Buchi uses this book and the many issues discussed throughout the book as a tool in the argument of gender and sexuality as a social construct; however, the ways of the world and the views of society do not see how the way women were treated back then as anything but normal. Adah, the main character of the book is a child who

  • Reflection of African marriage and the culture of bride price in Buchi Emecheta’s novel The Bride Price

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    (1986: 141) Helen Chukwuma claims in her article, Positivism and the Female Crisis: Novels of Buchi Emecheta, that in Emecheta’s novels: The true test of woman continues to be the marriage institution (. . .) Through it a woman attains a status acclaimed by the society and fulfils the biological need of procreation and companionship. (1989: 5) In one of her novels, The Slave Girl (1977), Emecheta has also emphasized the need and compulsion for marriage in the context of an African slave girl Ojebeta

  • White Supremacy In 1960s Britain

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    The Idea of White Supremacy in 1960s Britain: Different Perspectives Buchi Emecheta’s novel Second Class Citizen is heavily based on Buchi’s personal experiences being an immigrant in 1960s Britain. In the book she refers to herself as Adah, a woman who had to deal with racism and sexism throughout her youth. The racism she experienced in specific was that of the white majority against the incoming immigrants of Britain. People of the recently decolonized were coming to Britain to study, the

  • Christian Rhetoric in The History of Mary Prince and Second Class Citizen

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    and in the case of Prince, plot-oriented manner. This causes their respective audiences to see them and their causes, through their characters, as righteous, therefore successfully fulfilling the purpose of using such language. Works Cited Emecheta, Buchi. Second-class Citizen. New York: G. Braziller, 1975. Print. Prince, Mary. The History of Mary Prince: a West Indian Slave Narrative. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2004. Print.

  • Analysis Of The Bride Price And The Joys Of Motherhood

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    of many writers, until recently, to broach this topic betrays the sensitivity of the issue. Buchi Emecheta’s bravery in tackling this topic is marred, in The Bride Price, by the rather, unwarranted death of Akunna, the heroine. Criticisms against Emecheta though apt, do not consider her positive portrayal of slaves and outcasts in her two novels, The Bride Price and The Joys of Motherhood. The incisive juxtaposition of the brutality and mediocre of the freeborn against the benevolence, affluence and

  • Bhabha's Contribution to Postcolonial Theory

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    and people's lives, fates and temperaments. As the consequences are hard to ignore the writers of the formerly colonized countries never forgot to write about it and their people's lives before, during and after their country's colonization. As Emecheta is one of these writer who is born and brought up in Nigeria, a colony of British Empire until 1960, postcolonial approach is one of the most appropriate critical methods to deal with her narratives. Besides, since she is focusing on women in the

  • Paradise Of The Blind Critical Lens Essay

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    the Blind by Duong Thu Huong is the first Vietnamese novel published in America about Vietnamese women fighting to survive in a society where compliance to men and Communist corruption suppresses any kind of independence. The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta is a novel that tells the story about a Nigerian girl who rebels against traditional marriage customs and the influence of Nigeria's European colonisers. Both texts explore the negative effects on an individual's identity and relationships in a society

  • Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Analysis

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    she accepts that as that way of thinking was considered “normal”. Men were seen to have supreme authority over their household and that "if you lose your father, you have lost everything. Your mother is only a woman; she cannot do anything for you”(Emecheta, 28). Women aren 't able to be independent in a society that believes that their father is their everything. This essentially brings us to see how the patriarchal ideas and values affect Aku-nna 's sense of self as she is swallowed by societies ideas